Inside the nest:Beneficial wasps

Inside the nest:Beneficial wasps

Here the beneficial wasp is inside a routered tray nesting tunnel, securely within its mud vestibule. TODO:  Remove any mason bee cocoons with a Scoop and…

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Inside nests: Mix of cocoon types and wasp pupae

Inside nests: Mix of cocoon types and wasp pupae

Last week a mason bee keeper asked me to look at these two photos and give them feedback on the insects inside the nesting tunnels….

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What do mason bee cocoons look like inside the nest?

What do mason bee cocoons look like inside the nest?

These cocoons were harvested early October just when weather was getting colder and water was condensing on the Quicklock nesting trays. Early enough to  avoid…

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Pink grub inside nests

Pink grub inside nests

Harvesting cocoons from Corn Quicklock trays is fun.  You open two pieces of interlocking trays and you see what is inside.  Every row tells its…

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Harvesting mason bee cocoons from Cardboard tubes with Liners-

Harvesting mason bee cocoons from Cardboard tubes with Liners-

This morning I received an email from NormSubject: cocoon removal” I have the cardboard tubes with liners. Is it possible to remove the cocoons from this type nest?”Answer:Yes it…

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Unsuccessful development of young mason bees

Unsuccessful development of young mason bees

This nesting tray contains 5 nesting tunnels.  The upper nesting tunnel contains cocoons with a mud partition between each cocoon.  The mud plug at the left hand…

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